It's my personal data we're talking about, isn't it? Why are they telling me how this is going to work? Shouldn't I be the one calling the shots? So that was the starting point to reflect on a few 'what if' scenarios.
New computational tools are creating transactional spaces with boundaries defined by cryptography, which are increasingly at odds with the traditional institutional tools for governing transactions.
Law functions are a solution to an age old problem: legal agreements govern almost everything important… and everyone hates reading them.
The visualisation below shows the data tree of a Software Development Agreement. We use this structure on treescribe.com to provide better service at Query Law.
Adding ‘one more lawyer’ to the legal profession, without changing the way that law works in everyday practice, may do more harm than good.
People might care more about their online privacy if the full power of online service providers, especially social media apps like Facebook, were more obvious to us...
To advance law, lawyers need to learn software development techniques like modular design, branched version control and managing complexity with abstraction.
This article is pitched at people who would like to learn how to code but know nothing about computers. That was my level of proficiency when I started to learn so I know what it's like.
Law firms sell guided access to 3 layers of valuable information. Legal technologists need to understand these layers, and target them in the right order if they want to effect meaningful change.
There's a strong distinction to be made between 'wet code,'' interpreted by the brain, and 'dry code,' interpreted by computers. Human-read media is wet code whereas computer code and computer-readable files (to the extent a computer deals meaningfully with them) are 'dry code.'
Tweets are not long enough to express opinions clearly and carefully. That is bad for our public conversation.
A clickwrap agreement is a form of contract where a person indicates their agreement by checking a tickbox.
The concept of liability can be divided into direct liabilities and indirect liabilities.
Intellectual property is how lawyers describe rights over things (like music, newspaper articles, code or inventions) that a human mind creates. The word 'property' is used because these creations can be owned in the same way that other property is owned.
A Service Level Agreement is also known as an SLA, and usually covers three topics.
Third party refers to a person who is not part of the legal relationship that you are considering.
A work specification is a document that describes the work that will be performed under a contract.
If you want someone to use their "best endeavours" in a contract, is that any different to asking for their "reasonable endeavours?"